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Federal Government Threatens To Hold Up New Redskins Stadium Unless Team Changes Name

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The Federal Government is threatening to hold up plans for a new Redskins stadium unless the team changes its name.

From Bork, To Kennedy, To Obergefell

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He definitely wouldn’t appreciate it, but in some sense you can thank Robert Bork for the Supreme Court’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Past Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Could Hurt Republicans In The Future

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A long history of opposing marriage equality could end up hurting Republicans even though that battle is over in this country.

Supreme Court To Hear Case Involving Employees Rights And Public Employee Unions

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major case about public employee unions that could go a long way toward restraining their power.

Majority Supports SCOTUS Decisions On Obamacare And Marriage, According To New Poll

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A new poll shows that solid majorities of Americans support the Supreme Court’s decisions on Obamacare subsidies and marriage. It’s a different story for Republicans.

Getting Government Out Of Marriage Is A Fantasy, Not A Solution

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The Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality seems to have revived an idea that has been mentioned before, but as it has always been, the idea of “getting government out of marriage” is little more than a simplistic slogan.

Supreme Court Agrees To Wade Back Into The Affirmative Action Debate

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The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to wade back into the thorny issue of race and higher education.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Death Penalty

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The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the way the death penalty is administered, dealing a serious blow to opponents of the death penalty.

Supreme Court Approves States Outsourcing Redistricting to Commissions

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SCOTUS has upheld the use of election commissions to draw Congressional district lines.

A Look At The Remaining Legal Challenges To Obamacare

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There are still legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act pending after King v. Burwell, but they aren’t quite as substantial as what we’ve seen over the last five years.

Texas Attorney General Tells Clerks They Can Ignore The Constitution If They Want To

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The Attorney General of Texas is responding to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling by telling Clerk’s who issue marriage license that they are free to ignore the law.

The Law of the Land is the Law of the Land

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There’s a lot of pandering and outright nonsense in the wake of the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage.

The Supreme Court as Sitting Constitutional Convention

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Debating the proper role of the judiciary.

Moore Prepares for Battle

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In week a that has seen discussion of lost causes, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Surpreme Court appears poised to fight one last battle.

On Constitutional Language

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Wherein I take the view that as our understanding of language changes, so too does our application of the Constiution.

Roberts Blackmail Plot!

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Wayne Root, former Libertarian VP candidate asked a provocative question:  Was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Blackmailed? His concern:  Roberts’ vote in the PPACA cases. His evidence? Doubt me? On the same day that Justice Roberts and the Supremes upheld Obamacare – again – the key IRS watchdog reported to Congress that the IRS purposely […]

It’s Now Illegal For Some Adults In Hawaii To Buy Tobacco

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If you’re under 21 in Hawaii, you’re still technically an adult but you can’t buy tobacco.

Republican Candidates Respond To Obergefell About As Expected

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The reaction of many of the GOP candidates to the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is about what you’d expect, but there are a few interesting surprises.

California May Be About To Eliminate Most Exemptions For Mandatory Vaccination

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A proposed California law would require all students who attend public school to be vaccinated, with limited exemptions for medical reasons.

From Loving, To Windsor, To Obergefell, Liberty And Equality Prevail At The Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has issued a ruling whose roots can be found in case law going back half a century.

Supreme Court Rules Constitution Guarantees Gay Marriage

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The US Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution contains a right to same-sex marriage.

Idiot Congressman Wants to Force Supreme Court Justices into ObamaCare Exchanges

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A Congressman wants to force Supreme Court Justices to get their health care through the ObamaCare exchange.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies In 6-3 Vote

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The era of legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act is over.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes For Boston Marathon Bombing, Is Sentenced To Die Anyway

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in public for what is likely the last time in his life, apologized for the crimes he committed, and was unsurprisingly sentenced to death by a Federal Judge.

Supreme Court Bars Cops From Accessing Hotel Registries Without A Warrant

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The Supreme Court ruled that police are not entitled to access to a hotel registry without a warrant.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Raisin Farmers In Takings Case

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The Supreme Court has struck down a program that forced farmers to turn over a portion of their crop to the government without compensation.

Does It Matter Whether Charleston Was Terrorism?

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The debate is ultimately academic.

The Politics Of King v. Burwell

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As early as tomorrow, the Supreme Court could issue its ruling in the latest Obamacare case. Depending on the ruling, Republicans could find themselves in a political firestorm.

Some Republicans Can’t Seem To Admit That Racism Was Behind The Charleston Murders

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It’s been obvious from the moment the news broke that the murders in Charleston were rooted in racism, but some Republicans have had trouble acknowledging that.

Another Case Of Sex Offender Registry Insanity

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A 19 year old from Indiana faces a quarter century as a registered sex offender because he met a girl who lied about her age.

It’s Long Past Time To Abandon The Confederate Flag

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The murders in Charleston have revived a debate that should have been over a long time ago.

Supreme Court Says Texas Can Ban Confederate License Plates, Endangering Freedom Of Speech

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The Supreme Court ruled that states don’t have to grant license plates that display the Confederate flag. Their decision has the potential to seriously harm the First Amendment.

Nine Dead In Shooting At African-American Church In Charleston, South Carolina

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Nine people died overnight in a shooting at an historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

St. Louis Cardinals Officials Investigated For Hacking The Houston Astros

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Cardinals executives were doing a little more than just stealing signs, apparently.

Arlington Assholes Up Bullshit Fine For Swearing in Public

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It could cost you $250 to say “F- Arlington” if you happen to be in Arlington when you say it.

Supreme Court Declines To Review Ruling Striking Down North Carolina Ultrasound Law

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court let stand a ruling striking down North Carolina’s mandatory ultrasound law.

Colorado Supreme Court Rules Employee Can Be Fired For Smoking Pot At Home

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Marijuana is legal in Colorado, but it’s illegal under Federal Law. Because of that, the Colorado Supreme Court dismissed a claim by resident who was fired when he tested positive for pot.

New Michigan Law Allows Religious Adoption Agencies To Discriminate Against Gay Couples

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A new Michigan law allows religious-affiliated adoption agencies to turn away parents for religious reasons, and it seems fairly obvious what the target is in this case.

Minnesota Archbishop Resigns In Wake Of Criminal Charges Over Sex Abuse

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The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has resigned in the wake of criminal charges for covering up sexual abuse of children.

Appeals Court Tosses Military Tribunal Convictions Of Gitmo Prisoners

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A Federal Appeals Court In Washington has ruled that the military tribunal convictions of one group of Guantanamo Bay detainees was unconstitutional.

Iowa Supreme Court Affirms Your Right To Be Drunk On Your Front Porch

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The Iowa Supreme Court strikes a blow for liberty.

Ohio Judge Finds Probable Cause For Murder Charges In Tamir Rice Case

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A Judge in Cleveland has found that there is probable cause to charge a Cleveland Police Officer with murder in the death of Tamir Rice, but that is hardly the end of the matter.

Obama And Republicans Battle As Both Sides Await Another Obamacare Decision

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Before the end of the month, the Supreme Court could issue a ruling that ends subsidies for the vast majority of people who bought insurance under the PPACA, and the political battles are already starting.

New North Carolina Law Allows Government Employees To Refuse To Do Their Job

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A new North Carolina law allows government employees to decline to perform their jobs by claiming it violates their “religious liberty.”

Jawbone Sues Fitbit Over Patent Infringement

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Jawbone is suing Fitbit for infringing a patent that should never have been granted.

Americans Say Civil Liberties Trump Terror Threats, Politicians Don’t Care

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The American people don’t believe that liberty should be sacrificed in the name of security, but their leaders largely don’t care.

The Government Is Investigating People Who Leave Comments On The Internet Now

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So much for freedom of speech.

Kansas Republicans Are Blackmailing The Kansas Supreme Court

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Kansas Republicans are threatening to cut off funding for the entire state judicial system if the state’s Supreme Court strikes down a law the legislature likes.

The Warrior v. the Guardian

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Some interesting insight on the McKinney pool party confrontation:  A Former Cop On What Went Wrong In McKinney The two officers in this brief video represent two different policing styles, two different mindsets that officers use as they interact with civilians: the Guardian and the Warrior. As a former police officer and current policing scholar, […]

Supreme Court Slaps Back Congress In Jerusalem Passport Case

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In a case that took seven months to decide, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Presidency’s broad authority in foreign affairs, and inserted itself just a little bit in the thorny politics of the Middle East.

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